'Silent' Outdoor Rock Concert Venue Aims to Keep the Peace in Brooklyn

By Paul DeBenedetto on July 11, 2014 7:37am 

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 The Bedford Green, a brainchild of Daniel Morrow and Wayne Yardley, will feature "silent" music and cinema.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — It's an outdoor venue that specializes in the sound of silence.

A pair of musicians hopes to convert a vacant lot into a new outdoor venue in Bed-Stuy that will feature live music and movies pumped directly into wireless headphones, allowing patrons to rock into the night without disturbing neighbors' peace.

Friends Daniel Morrow, 41, and Wayne Yardley, 37, are raising money to launch The Bedford Green where bands and filmmakers can come together to showcase their art in a unique, open-air environment.

In order to keep it quiet, the pair plan to incorporate aspects of "silent disco," where sound is broadcast directly to participants' ears with wireless headphones.

"You walk in the room and you're not involved and it looks like the craziest thing you've ever seen in your life," Morrow said. "When you are involved you realize it's actually quite fun."

In addition to the "silent" nights, the venue will showcase lighter acoustic music and other events that are easy on the ears.

The two found the space, at Lexington and Bedford avenues, while brainstorming ideas for a unique venue that goes beyond what Morrow refers to as the "four walls, four bands" model.

"The first part of the plan was coming up with something that wasn't four walls," Morrow said. "We thought this kind of garden, urban-terrace concept offers that kind of different experience."

After starting a Kickstarter campaign July 1, the project was quickly chosen as a "Kickstarter Staff Pick," and on Friday was more than halfway to its $5,000 goal with 19 days to go.

The two are also preparing to sign a lease on the empty lot within the coming weeks.

The initial $5,000 goal will go toward creating a raw space with a fence, community garden, movie screen and stage built from wooden crates.

If they raise additional money, they plan to add extra elements, including a canopy, tent (or shipping container) for colder weather, a bar and food area, according to information posted on the project's Kickstarter page.

Morrow, a Bed-Stuy resident of seven years, said he's also reached out to neighbors and hopes to speak to Bed-Stuy's Community Board 3 in order to make sure it's a community-supported venue.

"We're huge on making sure that the community is happy with us as a priority and that neighbors are happy with us," Morrow said. "We're offering something quite different."

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